Editorials

Where does it end?

JOIN THE club. Unfortunately the Village of Shadyside is experiencing what many of its neighboring communities already have dealt with, that being forced to make major and painful cutbacks.Shadyside council members addressed the village's financial problems head on this week. It is a scenario ...

Health Reform

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S year-long crusade to pass health-care legislation came to fruition Tuesday. The president, surrounded by a host of Democratic supporters, put his signature on the $938 billion bill at a pep-rally like ceremony.It landed on his desk Sunday after a razor-thin 219-212 vote in the ...

Rare Tigers

IT WILL be a basketball season not soon forgotten. Nor should it be.The Shadyside Tigers took their passionate fans, as well as the Ohio Valley, on a magic carpet ride this winter. As fate would have it, however, the rug was pulled out from their paws one game prematurely.The well-drilled and ...

Cleaning Up

Spring has arrived, and this past weekend, spring cleaning took to the outdoors as the first of many community cleanups took place in Fairpoint.Officials from both Wheeling and Union townships joined those from Keep Belmont County Beautiful, local students in the Belmont County C-CAP ...

Handcuffing Police

POLICE DEPARTMENTS throughout the Ohio Valley are being forced to carry out their life-threatening jobs with less financial support. It is the nature of the local landscape.The Bellaire Police Department is the latest to feel the brunt of budget cuts. The village of Bellaire needed to trim some ...

Be Counted

IT'S TIME to sit down and be counted.Of course, if you're more comfortable while standing up, it won't take long to fill out a census form.This year's form is one of the shortest in the nation's history so no one has an excuse to ignore it.And, there are good reasons to provide the information ...

Speeling Bee

LET THE spelling begin.The 24th Annual Belmont County Spelling Bee unfolds tonight at Ohio University Eastern. It will bring together the best spellers throughout the county, determined by bees at their respective schools.Two spellers from each school punched their ticket into tonight's ...

St. Patrick

WE DON'T know if St. Patrick ever actually tasted beef brisket cooked with cabbage and potatoes -- he actually lived before potatoes were sent from the New World back to Ireland -- and we hope he never tasted any green beer.But whether or not you're Irish, whether or not you like traditional ...

Get to Work

THE AILING Ohio budget is an issue of utmost importance. So much so, that a legislative commission was formed seven months ago to tackle the state's budget hole.Seven months later, the Budget Planning and Management Commission has yet to hold a meeting. So what is the holdup? Precious time is ...

Rail Corridor

The federal government has set its sights on stimulating the economy by investing boatloads of taxpayers' money into infrastructure projects across the country. These major projects will help create plenty of construction jobs while bringing improvements to the public as a result.Ohio has been ...

Census Waste

OUR FOREFATHERS who wrote the Constitution providing for a census would probably shake their heads if they knew of the promotions regarding the 2010 census-gathering.It's certainly no secret that a census is approaching, but the U.S. Census Bureau took the trouble to send out letters which ...

Levy Insight

GOOD IDEAS are worth emulating.That being the case, Bellaire Local School District officials are taking their efforts to pass a levy straight to the public.It is a concept that is working well in the Bridgeport Exempted School District. The Bridgeport school administration has made district ...

Driving the Message

This week the public was informed of a new policy the Belmont County Juvenile Court has implemented to set a good example not only to young people but also to the community as a whole.Times change and things change with the times. In today's society, the widespread use of cellular telephones ...

Frugal Spending

Consumers are shopping.For the third month in a row, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported steady gains at the checkouts. In fact, February's month-end figures showed the strongest gains since November 2007 - one month before the recession officially began.It's a good sign that ...

CARUTH, Edward

CARUTH, Edward "Eddie," 58, of St. Clairsville, formerly of Bridgeport, died Saturday, March 6, 2010 at his home.He was born May 19, 1951 in Martins Ferry, the son of the late Fred and Nellie (Coss) Caruth.Eddie was an employee at Carson Petroleum Co. in Lansing. He was a member of the Thoburn ...

Misguided Funds

THERE IS a plan afoot to restore passenger train service in Ohio.The proposal calls for the use of $400 million in federal stimulus money to put the rail plan on track, connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.Many Republican lawmakers in the state are vehemently opposed to such an ...

Powhatan Problems

DRASTIC TIMES call for drastic action. Such is the scenario currently playing out in Powhatan Point.The Belmont County community is attempting to tread water in turbulent financial seas. Much to their credit, Powhatan Point officials are being proactive and handling the problem head-on.Village ...

So Long, Akron

WE EMBRACE the new course which the annual Martins Ferry Soap Box Derby is traveling.This week, the Derby Committee, an extension of the sponsoring Martins Ferry Chamber of Commerce, opted to put the brakes to its affiliation with the All-American Soap Box Derby, based out of Akron.The local ...

Dr. Seuss

TODAY undoubtedly would be a great day to have "Green Eggs and Ham" or "Scrambled Eggs Super!"After all, it's the birthday anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisel, who lived from 1904-1991, and produced books with fantastic creatures and imaginative lands.One of his popular subjects was "The Cat in ...

Highway Safety

Ohio's highways appear to be getting a little safer, according to the latest statistics released by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.But despite the decline in traffic-related fatalities, there is still much room for improvement.The OSHP and ODPS reported ...